How to Keep Pie Crust from Shrinking? To understand this, let’s first touch on the process of blind baking. Blind baking a pie crust is essentially baking just the bottom pie crust. Why would you do something like this?
Blind baking insures that the pie shell gets baked all the way through – which in turn prevents the bottom of the crust from getting soggy. You would blind bake a pie crust when the pie recipe calls for a filling that doesn’t need to be cooked, such as chocolate pudding or pastry cream and fresh fruit.
The trick with blind baking however, is since there is no filling to take up the space in the pie dish, the pie crust tends to shrink as it bakes. this of course, presents a number of problems.
So, how to keep pie crust from shrinking? There are a couple methods you can use, to blind bake a pie crust and not have it shrink, one of which is a pretty common method of addressing this. Using PIE WEIGHTS.
You could use dried beans to act as a ‘weight’, and keep the pie crust down OR you can purchase specialty-crafted, PIE WEIGHTS from Amazon.com that you can use over and over again, each and every time you blind bake that work very good as well.
The second method I would recommend is one described in the video below by Christopher Kimball, where he creates a no-shrink pie dough. See for your self below…
How to Make Christopher Kimball’s No-Shrink Pie Dough
The perfect pie crust. There are many who would argue that the most important part of a pie is the crust. And I’m not just talking about the taste and texture of the crust but the look or ‘presentation of the pie crust as well. There are a number of techniques and tips I can offer with regards to ‘shaping’ and forming pie crusts in decorative works of art, but that is for another day and time! What I’ve listed below are a number of ESSENTIAL pie pastry tools, every aspiring and practicing pie baker should have, in their kitchen, to assist them in not only making a magnificent pie, but also the PERFECT PIE CRUST.
Most importantly, is that I either own or have tried each and every pie crust tool on this list, so I can speak from some aspect of experience at having at least used these tools in some capacity.
So without further ado, here are 11 tools for the perfect pie crust:
Orblue Pastry Cutter Stainless Steel
Superior Quality - The Professional Dough Blender is engineered from stainless steel construction so it will NOT break, bend or rust. This pastry cutter was meticulously designed to serve you for years and decades to come.
Effortless Mixing - This pastry blender with blades quickly cut butter or margarine into dry ingredients such as flour, sugar or baking powder, combining a set of wet and dry ingredients seamlessly so you can bake your pie crust or cookie like a boss.
Prince Lattice Dough Cutter
Arranging a lattice crust is not difficult. It may at first look quite challenging, but after you've done it a few times, you'll see it really isn't too tough. That being said, there are pretty nifty tools like this lattice dough cutter, that I have used a few times already, that can make things easier and quicker.
Definitely a useful item to have on the shelf, to try out from time to time.
Nordic Ware Lattice & Hearts Pie Top Cutter
My mother one day surprised me, with the Nordic Ware Lattice & Hearts Pie Top Cutter. I hadn't really been looking at getting into decorative pie crusts initially as I was still learning the trade. But over time when I started to venture into more creative recipes and presentation, this hearts pie crust cutter became a much more valuable piece of equipment.
I'll tell you what, the designs you can make are really quite cool, especially after you have baked the pie.
Wilton Double Cut Out Pie Crust Cutters
Like the Nordic Ware item above, these decorative pie crust cutters only add to the deliciousness of your pie dish by sprucing up the top crust some. I use these quite often actually when I'm making pies for events, or special occasions. Nice when you have some dough scraps to put to good use.
Fox Run White Marble Pastry Board
I got my marble pastry board shortly after I purchased the marble rolling pin. No, I didn't need a matching set. I liked the fact that the marble enables these tools to stay cold, which is EVERYTHING when it comes to working with pie pastry in an efficient manner. The marble board coupled with my rolling pin made keeping pie pastry cold amazingly easy.
Talisman Designs Adjustable Pie Crust Shield
Your pie crust edges will be the first to burn and crisp up when baking, so its in your best interest to not let that happen. You could try the cheap and relatively crude method of wrapping some foil around the edges or the REAL easy way by using a pie shield. I've used both methods and I'll you what, the pie shield is quick and easy and inexpensive. Trust me, I've used both.
Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Easy No-Mess Pie Crust Maker Bag
I would almost consider Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Easy No-Mess Pie Crust Maker Bag cheating, but really, can it be considered 'cheating' when your pie crust is PERFECTLY measured in size and thickness to make that most awesome of pie recipes? I didn't know what a pie bag was until I picked this up and tried it. Very very cool!
Perfect Crust Pie Stainless Steel Weight Chain
Pre-baking (baking blind) pie crust is quite the common act for the aspiring and avid pie baker. I must admit, I used to use dried beans when I first started out, but have since 'upped' my pie baking game by using this weight chain. I like how you can 'shape' it much better than a mound of beans. When you're ready to start really making things look good, this is a good substitute to have over dried beans for pre-baking.
OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper
I consider my pastry cutter to be one of the most indispensable pie pastry tools in my kitchen. I don't entirely know what they're SUPPOSED to be used for, but I use them to scrap dough from my rolling pin, scoop up pastry from my pastry board and mat, break up dough, you name it. A great organizational and 'clean-up' tool that's for sure.
I have several on-hand but I like my Orblue because of the grip. Just extra assurance when your hands have butter, or flour or some other slippery substance on them.
Marble Rolling Pin and Base, White
How many rolling pins do you have in your kitchen? Be honest now! And don't be ashamed if you have several, obtained over the many years you have been honing your pie baking craft! I have several, with one being this marble beauty! It's heavy, which I like as you don't have to exert so much energy rolling out pie pastry, and its cool surface is nice to help prevent your dough sticking to it.
In fact, if you toss it in the freezer for 15-20min before using, that's even better.
The Original French Rolling Pin
Like many pie bakers (and homemade pizza connoisseurs...), I started my pie baking adventures using a standard CLASSIC wooden rolling pin. It's what my mom used and so naturally that is what I adopted. Since that time however, I have since migrated to the French style rolling pin, which although challenging at first, has proven to give me much more control over rolling out pie dough.